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How to Build Resilience - Workshop by Hiren

Hi everyone! My name is Alexus Vanderpool and I am a 4th year student at Guelph-Humber. Last week, I had the pleasure to attend Illuminate x Hirenn’s resiliency workshop. Here are my thoughts highlighting what I learned from this workshop.


At the start of the workshop Hiren asked if we knew what resilience was. To me it means getting back up after you’ve been down. Hiren explained it as, “The process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress…bouncing back from difficult experiences.” What really stuck out to me was the bouncing back part.


Hiren explained some strategies on how to build resilience. The strategy I found the most helpful was to “reframe unhelpful thinking”. An example he gave was if you were going for a job interview at your dream job and you were nervous instead of thinking about how nervous you are you can think, “I’m glad I get the chance to interview for my dream job.”


Another strategy Hiren talked about was to practice self-compassion. Even though this is something many of us already know it is important to be reminded of this sometimes. To remember to be in the moment and be patient with yourself because no one is perfect.


What I enjoyed most about this workshop is that it was interactive and we were able to contribute our thoughts and answers. I also liked how Hiren answered some questions at the end of the workshop.

I will definitely be practicing and building my resilience by trying to be more positive and when I have negative thoughts to reframe my thinking. At the end of this workshop I am able to say that I’ve learned strategies to build resilience.


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